Friday, 15 April 2011

Opening of 'Bishops' Fold' is Full of Local Flavour

Above: (From Left to Right) Cllr. Malcolm Leaning,
Cllr. Giles McNeill, Gerard Baker, Cllr. Mrs. Stephanie Rouse,
Cllr. Mrs. Susan Harland & Mr. Richard Beal.
Nettleham Parish Councillors were pleased to meet the chef, food writer and food historian to the Hairy Bikers for their recent BBC television series, whe he was invited by developer Beal Homes to prepare a Lincolnshire sampling menu for guests at the launch of Bishop’s Fold on North Street in Nettleham.

The developement of consists of fifteen three, four and five bedroom family homes in the historic village on the site of the old Poplar Farm. Each home is unique and compliments the style of existing properties in the surrounding area.

Bishop’s fold draws inspiration from the historic Old Bishop's Palace landmark and Nettleham’s unique history with each home being named after a Bishop of Lincoln spanning the past 400 years.

Wednesday, 6 April 2011

Shore: "I don't agree with Nick."

Cllr. Reg Shore, Liberal Democrat (Stow Ward), has surprised many with comments made to the Lincolnshire Echo, in an article published today, about the local election contest for West Lindsey District Council due on Thursday, 5th May 2011. Cllr. Shore is quoted as saying:
"I don't agree with Nick. I never have and that's based on the issue of student fees."
 'West Lindsey Focus' delivered
prior to the 2010 General Election
The shock disclosure that Cllr. Shore does not and has not ever supported Nick Clegg, the Liberal Democrat Leader is somewhat at odds with the facts. Cllr. Shore having appeared in election literature last year with Liberal Democrat Parliamentary Candidate for the Gainsborough Constituency, Cllr. Pat O'Conner, and the Deputy Prime Minister.

Cllr. Shore is also reported to have provided the following withering critique of his leader:
"Nick Clegg will not sort flooding or has vision for West Lindsey".
However, one of Cllr. Shore's district and county colleagues described him as 'Canute' - a man who sat in the waters as they rose during his time of leadership of West Lindsey District Council in 2007.

Tuesday, 5 April 2011

Conservative-Led West Lindsey District Council Scoops Top National Award

West Lindsey District Council which helped 130 young people to find jobs is celebrating after becoming the only local authority to win a prestigious UK Social Enterprise Award.

The national competition, organised by the Social Enterprise Coalition, recognises the work and achievements of the UK's most inspiring and successful social enterprises.

West Lindsey District Council was crowned Social Enterprise Partner of the Year at the UK final of the Social Enterprise Awards which took place at The O2 in London hosted by actor and comedian Alexander Armstrong. The Leader of the Opposition, Ed Miliband, was also at the event to present one of the seven awards.

The Council was nominated by a social enterprise in its district called Hill Holt Wood in recognition of its support for local social enterprises.

Together the partners worked with the Future Jobs Fund to help youngsters - some at risk and some excluded from school - into jobs including forestry assistants, gardeners, joiners, sawmill operatives and furniture makers.

West Lindsey's Chief Executive Manjeet Gill said: "We are an entrepreneurial council and that philosophy means we have a strong commercial and social conscience and it is very encouraging that many people have told us that they hope more local authorities will embrace the way we are working.

"Lots of people do similar things to what we have done, but I believe we have won this award because we have involved so many other people in our vision, plans and future challenges."
Karen Lowthrop of Hill Holt Wood said:
"I had no hesitation in nominating West Lindsey for this award because as an organisation they delivered far more than we could have expected. From the Chief Executive down they understand social enterprise and can see the opportunities of partnership. I am looking forward to working with the Council on many more projects."
Peter Holbrook, CEO of the Social Enterprise Coalition said:
"Congratulations to West Lindsey District Council on their win. The Social Enterprise Coalition received a record number of responses to this year's awards so to have come out on top is a truly remarkable achievement. We hope the partnership between West Lindsey District Council and Hill Holt Wood will serve as an example to other local authorities of the benefits of working closely with social enterprise."